Senate votes to end ban on gays in military

Filed in Gather Politics News Channel by on December 18, 2010 0 Comments

It’s a momentous day for gay rights and for the United States as a whole.

The Senate has voted to allow gay men and women to serve in the military openly, abolishing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that his been in place for nearly 20 years.

“It is time to clWASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 17: U.S. President Barack Obama signs H.R. 4853 the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 into law December 17, 2010 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC. The $858 billion bill will extend the Bush-era tax cuts for two more years and unemployment benefits for 13 months. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)ose this chapter in our history. It is time to recognize that sacrifice, valor and integrity are no more defined by sexual orientation than they are by race or gender, religion or creed,” said Barack Obama.

It’s amazing that it took this long to get this passed, but it’s better late than never. If people want to serve in the military and are willing to put their lives in danger for the safety and the freedom for our country, whose business is it to tell them they must be heterosexual? It’s actually kind of silly to suggest that someone’s sexual orientation prohibits them from serving in our military “properly” or “the right way.”

This is a great step forward and Obama is being cheered once more.

© Effie Orfanides 2010

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